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January 10, 2013

Lebanon has been crippled by winter storms as the government approves a new financial aid to those affected
09:58 GMT
As Lebanon braced for another day of extreme weather, Public Works and Transport Minister Ghazi Aridi has approved more emergency funding to help those affected.
Qatar has rejected claims that it is trying to influence Egyptian politics and economics
09:17 GMT
Qatar’s prime minister has dismissed claims that his country was seeking to dominate Egypt’s politics and economy as “silly jokes.”
Is Dubai really about to become  the "Capital of Islamic Economy”?
09:02 GMT
Dubai is better known for washed up western celebs trying to fix their ailing careers than sharia compliant economics, but now the Emirate is planning on becoming the "Capital of Islamic Economy”.

January 9, 2013

OPEC members earned top dollar last year, new date from the US shows.
11:59 GMT
Members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries' (OPEC), which Nigeria is part of, got higher income in excess of $128 billion last year, new data shows.
Oman has said it wil be strict with companies break laws on pay increases for staff
10:23 GMT
Private sector companies face penalties if they fail to give three per cent annual salary increment to employees who have not under performed, a senior official at Oman’s Ministry of Manpower has warned.
Egypt is planing new electric railway lines from Alexandria to Cairo
10:13 GMT
Egypt’s Railway Authority is set to begin development on a new electric railway system in March, extending from Alexandria to Cairo.
Bahrain is trying to woo pensioners with new discount schemes
09:23 GMT
As Bahrain upholds life sentences against activists, the government is trying to woo nearly 40,000 pensioners with a plan to offer discounted services.

January 8, 2013

The latest economic data reveals some impressive growth statistics
11:18 GMT
After announcing a record 2013 budget, the House of Saud has a bright future ahead, but lower than expected oil prices could hurt the big-dollar spending plans.
Consumer confidence hit a record low in the first half of 2012
11:18 GMT
Despite strong growth over the last years, Lebanese banks are expecting a quieter 2013 as lending rates are set to drop.
Saudi Arabia budgeted total expenditure of SR 690 billion in 2012, up 19 percent over the budgeted figure for 2011
07:41 GMT
A Kuwaiti research group has predicted that Saudi Arabia will record a budget surplus of SR 349 billion in 2013, based on its assumption of a base case oil price of $102 per barrel.
Chairman of the Union of Arab Banks Joseph Torbey
06:38 GMT
As the crisis in Syria continues, The Daily Star spoke to the president of the Association of Banks in Lebanon, Joseph Torbey, about its impact on the sector.
The current industrial contribution to the GDP is 16 per cent and this is expected to increase by 1 to 3 per cent in 2013
06:30 GMT
The UAE’s industrial sector contribution to the GDP is expected to increase by three per cent this year over 2012 driven by petrochemicals, aluminium and steel products, the country’s minister of economy said on Monday.

January 7, 2013

Workers across the region are expected to see above inflation pay rises
14:56 GMT
With inflation rates expected to be lower than the average pay rise in 2013 in the MENA region expected that the expected increases will lead to a real pay growth for the working population, a sign of development in the region
Russia has been confirmed as the world largest oil producer
13:52 GMT
More crude from state-owned top producer Rosneft kept Russian oil output the highest in the world last year, ahead of Saudi Arabia, Energy Ministry data showed.
The Gulf petrochemical trade is looking for more growth in 2013
12:22 GMT
Gulf petrochemical producers are exploring opportunities to expand capacity, diversify production and realise the region’s full potential to meet oncoming challenges and opportunities, said an expert.